Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (247)

John Lahart

Question:

247. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to develop the Customs House as a tourist facility; if his attention has been drawn to the potential of the site as a tourism destination; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13020/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The OPW is in the process of developing a Masterplan for the Custom House in association with Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government that is wide ranging and comprehensive and will include the following issues among others:

- Wider Role of the Custom House within Dublin City.

- The existing operational Visitor Centre will be enhanced as part of this process.

- Additional office accommodation.

- Conservation: a number of areas in the Custom House require considerable conservation work. These can best be addressed as part of an overall plan for the building.

- There is a requirement to modernise security and fire safety systems in the building.

- There are a number of modernisation projects required for the building in terms of ICT facilities, disability access and energy efficiency.

- The more efficient use of space would also facilitate a modern and an effective working environment.